Ferrets For Dummies

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Slinky, lightening fast, mischievous, and smarter than many people you know, ferrets, like their otter cousins, are the merry pranksters of the animal world. Ferrets are also inveterate thieves who?ll steal just about anything that isn?t nailed down and spirit it off to their hidey-holes. But, as most ferret owners will tell you, the thing those fuzzy little balls of energy are best at stealing is your heart. Hmm. cunning, mischievous, light-fingered ? sounds like a recipe for disaster in a pet. And the truth is,...
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Overview

Slinky, lightening fast, mischievous, and smarter than many people you know, ferrets, like their otter cousins, are the merry pranksters of the animal world. Ferrets are also inveterate thieves who’ll steal just about anything that isn’t nailed down and spirit it off to their hidey-holes. But, as most ferret owners will tell you, the thing those fuzzy little balls of energy are best at stealing is your heart. Hmm. cunning, mischievous, light-fingered – sounds like a recipe for disaster in a pet. And the truth is, coexisting with a ferret can be a challenge – one you’d better be certain you’re up for, before you commit to bringing a ferret into your home.

Ferrets For Dummies lets you take a long, well-informed look before leaping into the fabulous furry world of “ferts.” This fun, entertaining book fills you in on everything you need to know to successfully adopt, nurture, live with, and love a ferret. You’ll discover how to:

  • Choose t he right ferret for you
  • Ferret-proof your house
  • Understand your ferret’s special needs
  • Train your ferret to be well-behaved
  • Feed your ferret properly
  • Select safe and creative toys
  • Manage ferret odors
  • Integrate your ferret into your life
  • Breed ferrets

Ideal for first-time and veteran ferret owners alike, Ferrets For Dummies is a gold mine of advice, guidance, and tested-in-the-trenches tips on:

  • Deciding if a ferret is right for you and vice versa
  • Finding your ferret and introducing him or her into your home
  • The care and feeding of ferrets
  • Health issues, concerns ,and treatments
  • Ferret psychology and sociology
  • Breeding ferrets for fun and profit
  • Recipes your ferret will love

Your ferret is a smart little guy, and you’ll need to stay two steps ahead of him. This fun and informative book shows you how to handle your furry tornado’s playful energy and boundless curiosity, so you can live happily ever after together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764552595
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Schilling has more than 20 ferrets at any given time. She operates Animals for Awareness, a special sanctuary for unwanted and abandoned exotic animals.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

PART I: Is a Ferret the Pet for you?

Chapter 1: Things to Know about Ferrets.

Chapter 2: Is a Ferret for You?

Chapter 3: Ferrets and the Law.

PART II: Finding Your Ferret and Hanging Up the Welcome Hammock.

Chapter 4: Your Ideal Furball.

Chapter 5: On the Trail of a New Fuzzy.

Chapter 6: Home Sweet Home: Setting Up Your Ferret's House.

Chapter 7: Other Things to Do Before Your Ferret Comes Home.

Chapter 8: Introducing Your Ferret to His New Family.

PART III: Basic Care and Feeding.

Chapter 9: Filling Their Bellies.

Chapter 10: Playtime and Exercise.

Chapter 11: Cleaning Time: It's Not All Ferret Fun and Games.

Chapter 12: Traveling (or Not) with Your Ferret.

PART IV: Health Issues, Concerns, and Treatments.

Chapter 13: Vets and First-Aid Kits: The Basics.

Chapter 14: Ferret First Aid.

Chapter 15: When Bugs Get You Down.

Chapter 16: Viruses, Coolies, and Other Problems That Afflict Ferts.

Chapter 17: The Big C and Other Lumps.

Chapter 18: When It's Time to Say Good-bye.

PART V: Ferret Psychology and Sociology.

Chapter 19: Understanding Your Fuzzball.

Chapter 20: Basic Training: Easy as 1-2-3.

Chapter 21: Dealing with the Behaviorally Challenged Ferret.

PART VI: If you're Thinking about Breeding.

Chapter 22: Should You Breed Your Ferret? Looking at the Big Picture.

Chapter 23: Mustelid Love Unmasked.

Chapter 24: Preparing for the Bundles of Joy.

Chapter 25: From Birth to Bundle of Energy.

PART VII: Ferrets: Past and Future.

Chapter 26: The Historical and Hunting Ferret.

Chapter 27: A Note on the Black-Footed Ferret.

PART VIII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 28: Ten Common Myths and Misconceptions.

Chapter 29: Ten Recipes Your Ferret Will Love.

Chapter 30: Ten Ferret Resources.

Appendix: Ferret Shelters, Organizations, and Clubs Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Not owned by a ferret? You will be.

    While I am not currently owned by a ferret I am planning on it in the future. Because of this I decided to read up on them before hand to level the battle feild. I found this book highly entertaining and informative. I highly recommend this book if you are planning or already have a ferret.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    MUST HAVE for ferret owners - new or old. DOOK !

    This particular copy was a departing gift for a vet friend but I have both the first and second editions on my ferret resource shelf. My ferret mentor endorsed the first edition; I frequently recommend Ferrets for Dummies to people who aren't sure about adopting a ferret. It is an outstanding overview of most ferret-peculiar issues mixed with some humor. There is some new information in the second edition but the first version is also a good reference. Decent illustrations throughout however the second edition has less photographs.

    There are some potential health issues not mentioned at all and in some cases only the briefest summaries of an issue - enough to scare you or reassure you, depending on the subject - but all-in-all a "must have" for the potential, novice and experienced ferret owner. (Make that "human owned by a ferret"....)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Ferrets!!!¤ê AHH!

    Ferrets! They are soooo cute! If your interested getting ferrets, then you should get this book! I'm no dummie, but this book seems to pull my attention! It has really neat facts! Hmm... if only there was a hand-held Ferrets fo Dummies.. that would be good...=)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    Not *just* for dummies!

    This book is as hilarious as it is informative. New owners and old hands alike will find useful information, given in an easy-to-understand and entertaining fashion. The cartoons are some of the funniest I've seen (about on par with 'Not Wild Just Crazy'). <P> What's best about the book is it gives *accurate* information -- not always easy to find in a ferret book -- while it's entertaining you. I found myself turning page after page, just looking for the funny comments. <P> I've owned ferrets for 13 years, currently own 10, run a local ferret club, have done ferret rescue and nursed many sick ferrets back to health -- and I found the book useful. I know much of the information already, but it's organized in checklists and chapters which make it much more accessible. When one of my ferrets is sick, I often find myself unable to think clearly, and have said many times that I should compose a checklist to help get the 'gears' moving again. Now I don't have to! It's already been done. <P> If you can only get one book on ferrets, get this one! It's definitely worth every penny.<P> I wish pet stores sold these as 'essential equipment' to new ferret owners. I think if people knew ahead of time what they were getting into, there would be fewer homeless ferrets in the world. With this book, there would be fewer unnecessary deaths, too.<P> Ferrets are a lot of work, but for those of us smitten by the little critters, they're worth it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    This is the best book of ferrets ever!

    This book really gives you all you want to know about ferrets! If you have a ferret already or if you're thinking about getting one, this book for you!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2006

    A fantastic book.

    If you are thinking of getting a ferret this book is a must have! It has EVERY bit of information from how to pick a ferret, to vet visits. 5 stars all around!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Thank you

    I made my mother read this after i did (WONDERFUL INFO) and she has agreed to get me a fuzzy a week after my finals. This also informed ME on mainly the food and recipes to feed Gus (temporary name considering i may get a girl)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    FERRETS ARE SMELLY AND LAZY

    I HATE FERRETS DOMESTIC RATS ARE BETTER

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    An accurate and thorough referance book

    I highly recommed this to ferret owners of all years - this book is packed with information about everything ferret. Enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    THE BEST FERRET GUIDE . Most Comprehensive! Easy to read & navigate.

    This is ultimate guide for ferrets. If u are a ferret owner, you shouldown this book!

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Ferrets, Love Them or Leave Them

    A very imformative book, easy to understand. Has lots of helpful info about care of Ferrets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Ferret Bible

    This book is perfect for all ferret owners and it is a must to get it is a valuable resource!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Im a Dummy

    This book was great it told you all you need to own a ferret. I recommend this book if you are thinkiing of getting one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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